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Leanne McDonagh

Why the Moon Travels2019

Why the Moon Travels is an important series of prints which illustrate the landmark book of the same title by Oein DeBharduin, published by Skein Press in 2020. The book is the first collection of folk tales about Travellers written and illustrated by Travellers - a haunting collection of twenty tales rooted in the oral tradition of the Irish Traveller community. The stories here are both ancient and contemporary, always rooted in a closer relationship with the natural world.  

MediumPigment on Copper House Photo Rag
Dimensions Unframed, 29.7 x 21 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4185
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Leanne McDonagh, Why the Moon Travels, 2019, Pigment on Copper House Photo Rag, Unframed, 29.7 x 21 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2020

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Leanne McDonagh

Artist and an educator Leanne McDonagh grew up on a halting site and gained first-hand experience of the prejudices and misconceptions that society has about Travellers. McDonagh attended Crawford College of Art and Design. She has exhibited nationally and is the Traveller Education Coordinator for Cork Institute of Technology. In 2020 McDonagh illustrated the short story book  “Why The Moon Travels” written by a fellow Traveller, Oein De Bhairduin.

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